Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear Review

Field trial and review of OPST Commando Smooth fly line

I was looking for a short head fly line that I could cast from a dory offshore Pacific City. Many floating fly lines work well for this purpose, including most of the short head floating fly lines such as the RIO … Continue reading

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Fly Line Reviews: the family of RIO Outbound fly lines

I have been partial to fishing RIO’s Outbound fly lines since 2005 and have seen these lines evolve and improve over time. Wait. The fact remains that my head tells me the lines have improved, but for practical purposes, I … Continue reading

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Making sense of Integrated Shooting Head Fly Lines

I probably fish a wider variety of fly lines than the average fly fisher—in fact—some of my friends call me a fly line freak. The range of high quality fly lines available these days is STAGGERING. As an industry associate … Continue reading

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Big Dry Fly Time in Oregon – Trout Fishing in May and June 2018

You have to love fly fishing in May and June in Oregon. Some of our very best opportunities exist and we are able to fish some of the biggest dry flies of the season. You have hungry trout tying willing … Continue reading

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Trout Spey Clinic April 28th 10-2pm

Join us at Armitage Park on April 28th from 10-2pm for a Trout Spey tutorial. We will have spey guru’s George Cook and Eric Neufeld on hand to discuss and demonstrate in-depth, the what, why and how of fishing for … Continue reading

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Rio’s How to Choose a Rio Trout Line

From the Rio Product Team. Some good info here. Some of you remember when there where three choices for a floating line Air Cell (white one) Cortland 444 (Peach) and 444SL. Not so much anymore. Specialize lines help you get … Continue reading

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Fishpond Submersible Packs

Most of you are Moldy Chum fans, but if you haven’t been over lately you need to check out their in-depth analysis of Fishpond’s Thunderhead Submersible packs. If you typically fish with your phone or a camera handy, you are … Continue reading

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The Best Travel Fly Tying Vise – Great Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Morsetto Airone Travel vise from Stonfo is a great choice for anglers who tie on the fly. Pun intended. Thanks to its special design and to a series of articulated joints it can be folded and placed in a … Continue reading

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Plan D Fly Boxes and How to Use Them

We are super excited to be working with Dylan at Plan D Fly Boxes this year as he introduces his latest line of fly boxes designed specifically for intruder and tube style flies. The latest versions of Plan D Boxes … Continue reading

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ECHO Bad Ass Glass Fly Rod Review – November 2017

As a total aside, the reels I’ve been fishing with the ECHO BAG and EPR include the *Nautilus *Hatch 11 Plus Both are SUPER FINE – TOUGH – DEPENDABLE fly reels. Note please that I was fishing olcer models of … Continue reading

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ECHO Boost Beach Fly Rod Review

I’ve been fishing ECHO’s Boost Beach Rod, the 7 wt, for a few months now. This is a great rod that Tim has, far as I’m concerned, hit it out of the park. I’ve fished this rod with both #7 and … Continue reading

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Addition to Nicholas’ ECHO EPR fly rod reivew

I’ve lost track of the time, but I’m pretty sure that my initial review of the ECHO EPR was based on my Baja trip this spring. Since that time, I’ve faithfully fished my 8 wt EPR for spring and summer … Continue reading

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Tackle recommendations to fly fish sea-run cutthroat September 2017 Part 1 of 3

Several customers have contacted the Shop or called me directly, asking for my recommendations regarding tackle and flies to fish for sea-run cutthroat. I’m drafting this blog post to cover the highlights of my thoughts. In the good old days: … Continue reading

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Jay’s Baja Fishing Gear Check-List

This list might help folks prepare for a week-long venture to Gary Bullla’s destination fishing camp in Baja. It pretty much captures what I felt that I needed after reviewing my week long fishing trip in late May 2017.  So for what … Continue reading

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Review of Two Great Saltwater Fly Reels: Hatch and Nautilus

Having just returned from a fine week fly fishing Baja, I wanted to say a little, and I really mean a little, about the two fly reels that I fish most often these days. These are fly reels that I … Continue reading

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